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Norman Prince. A Volunteer Who Died for the Cause He Loved

Norman Prince. A Volunteer Who Died for the Cause He Loved

First Edition. large octavo, blue boards and cloth with printed paper labels on front cover and spine. (xii), 74, (vi)pp., top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Houghton Mifflin Company, Frontispiece portrait of Norman Prince and 12 pages of plates. With Memoir by George F. Babbitt. Prince, one of the original members of the Lafayette Escadrille had learned to fly in the United States before the US entered the war and had gained his pilot's certificate from the Aero Club of America. Although the idea for an American squadron was initially the idea of William Thaw, Prince began to formulate his idea for the squadron late in 1914. He sailed for France on 20 January 1915. After numerous rebuffs to his attemps to interest the French government in forming an American Squadron, Prince joined the French aviation on 4 March 1915. He recieved his training at Pau, R.G.A., and G.D.E., receiving his brevet on l May 1915. He flew at the Front with Escadrille VB. 108 and VB. 113, from 20 May 1915 to 15 February 1916. He was assigned to the Escadrille Lafayette and served with the unit from 20 April to 12 October 1916. He was injured in a flying accident on 15 October 1916 and died of his injuries three days later. He received the Croix de Guerre, with three Palms and Star, the Medaille Militaire and the Legion d'Honneur. Printed at The Riverside Press. Binding corners slightly worn and bumped, label on spine chipped. Text block fine and clean. large octavo, blue boards and cloth with printed paper labels on front cover and spine
Victor Chapman's Letters from France

Victor Chapman’s Letters from France

CHAPMAN, Victor First Edition. octavo, blue boards and cloth with printed paper title labels on front cover and spine, that on the cover with a double-rule border in orange, in dust jacket. (x), 196, (viii)pp. The Macmillan Company, With memoir by John Jay Chapman. Illustrated with photographs. Chapman graduated from Harvard, class of 1913. He was in Paris, studying architecture at the Ecole des Beaux arts, when the war broke out and immediately enlisted in the French Foreign Legion and served from August, 1914 to August, 1915, during which time he and his unit were under continual fire and he was wounded by a rifle bullet. He enlisted in French aviation on August 1, 1915 and was posted to Escadrille V.B. 108 as a mitrailleur-bombardier. After making application for aviation school, he entered the School of Military Aviation on 26 September, 1917. He received his brevet on 9 January, 1916. On 20 April he was assigned to the newly organized Escadrille Lafayette. He was wounded in combat on 17 June, 1917 and was killed in action northeast of Douaumont on 23 June, 1916. He received the Medaille Militaire and the Croix de Guerre, with two Palms. Small stain from binding adhesive on front endpaper, several pages with ting tears to fore edge, but a near fine, clean copy. Jacket dust soiled and with slight wear to edges with chipping to top and bottom of spine. Jacket not clipped. A very scarce dust jacket. octavo, blue boards and cloth with printed paper title labels on front cover and spine, that on the cover with a double-rule border in orange, in dust jacket
Oswald Watt. Lieut.-Colonel A.F.C.

Oswald Watt. Lieut.-Colonel A.F.C., O.B.E., Legion of Honour, Croix de Gueere. A Tribute to His Memory by a Few of His Friends

SMITH, Sydney Ure, Bertram Stevens and Ernest Watt First Edition Limited to 550 copies. large quarto, original printed wrappers stamped in gilt and black, over heavy boards. (72)pp. Art in Australia Ltd., Extensively illustrated with photographs. Oswald Watt (1878-1921) was the CO of the first Australian air squadron to fight in France. Watt began flying in England in 1911, when he qualified for his pilot certificate in a Bristol biplane. He was in France at the outbreak of the war flying at Buc Aerodrome. Believing that Great Britain would remain neutral he enlisted in the Aviation Militaire. He was posted to Bleriot Squadron No. 30. In April, 1915, he was transfered to Maurice-Farman Squadron No. 44 at Toul. He received the Legion d'Honnour and the Croix de Guerre. In 1916 he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps and was sent to No. 1 Squadron in Egypt. In October 1916, he was promoted major to command No. 2 Australian Squadron which was formed in Egypt and sent to England for training. It was this Squadron which Watt commanded and took to France. Although the limitation for this book is 550 copies, we have noted only 3 or 4 copies of this book for sale over the past 20 years. This is indeed a very scarce and important book. Covers lightly worn at extremities.Spine appears to have a slight mend to hinge. A few stains and smudges to front cover. Text block fine and clean. large quarto, original printed wrappers stamped in gilt and black, over heavy boards